Read/listen too it and make up your own mind.
I think this book exposes a couple of inconvenient truths about democracy and power:
- democracy needs powerful backers, not only populous but financial wise too
- democracy might not be as democratic as we would like to believe it to be
- why should the American rise to fame and superpower saga be anything different from the rise of any other "empire" in earlier history?
It is a tough world out there, but we the people must put our faith in our institutuions, political systems and the rule of law. The sad fact seems to be that we cannot expect the people at the helm of these institutions to be so, and the media which is subject to the same rules of economy and short sighted quarterly earnings doesn't seem to be helping much.
I felt shocked, but upon reflection, that was probably because in everyday life you don't like to reflect on the reality of the game.
It certainly broadened my view on the vikings, especially on the norman and slavic fronts. I think the author maybe devaluated the Icelandic achievement of making land fall in Newfoundland, but maybe this was purposley done to put more emphasis on the importance the vikings had on Carolingian empire and the birth of the russian identity? Very good story line I was never bored! Recommended! I might listen to it again!
Very interesting. Both in terms of Bezos's personal career, and in understanding how much work, persistence and sacrifice has gone into building amazon.com. It also exposes how big money makes the playing field uneven. It also gives a glimps on how business models can be changed. Facinating!
Very interesting to see the winding path of chance, circumstances, personalities and how exponential growth and fame can change or bring out different sides in people and groups. Very good and entertaining story!
Nothing new, the author has done some work on energy costs of bottled water, and yes like most packaged and long hauled bewerages it is not very environmentally friendly. The book is extremely US centric show casing some of the absurdities of the US system compared to e.g. the European perspective with respect to at least the regulatory part. The fact that advertising is deceptive and that there are quaks out there peddling miracle water should not come as a surprise (maybe the US regulatory impotence should), but it is worth three chapters in a book. Water is an interesting topic and the book could have been much more interesting than it turned out. Common sence: stay off the bottled water unless you need it for convenience or if in areas where safe tap water does not exist. Try one of the other books on the topic, I gave up about an hour short of the end.
It was maybe not so enlightening as I had hoped, but that might be due to my own background and maybe to the editing of the abriged version. It's short enough to listen to twice if you miss out on one of the points ;-)
I don't know why I liked this book exactly, maybe it was the suspence, the thrill of "will he make it", "can he get away with it", or maybe it was to hear how a perfectly "normal" kids facination can grow into a major problem for himself and society. But it also shows how society's fears can infringe on the individuals rights. I guess this story is slightly one-sided but what the hack - ehh - heck its a very good story. Having knowledge of some of the systems mentioned in the book I feel it gets an important message accross; technology is only as "fail proof" as the humans put in charge of it.
Steve Jobs biography.
Interesting book about the dawn of todays best storytelling group - how technology, talent, individuals and percistance has payed off! Interesting info on the behind scenes of each film!
Some basics trivia about what you imbibe can't hurt especially when you can get for free some insight into how these drinks have influenced or have come to reflect society during certain crusial periods of time.
There could perhaps been some more technical detail for some of the drinks, as I'm particularly into fizzy drinks myself, I would have loved a chapter on bubbles in anything from beer, champagne or softdrinks/carbonated drinks. Lots of lovely physics to be explained there ;-)
Something else than is obvious and that has not been in the newspapers for years.
It doesn not spend enough time on China and Chinas way of thinking, probably the author does not have any deep insight into the Chinease way of thinking (maybe nobody has) but to take people on an exended 101 commodity markets mixed with typical moral highground punchlines without giving any deep insight that might actually be usefull, ahh waste of time! A one hour abriged version might have sufficed!
It is a really interesting topic so it should be possible to rwite a thrilling book
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